TITLE 19. EDUCATION

PART 7. STATE BOARD FOR EDUCATOR CERTIFICATION

CHAPTER 231. REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENTS

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopts amendments to §§231.79, 231.271, 231.281, 231.283, 231.287, 231.289, 231.291, 231.301, 231.303, 231.305, 231.307, 231.309. 231.313, 231.331, 231.333, 231.335, 231.337, 231.339, 231.341, 231.343, 231.361, 231.363, 231.365, 231.381, 231.393, 231.394, 231.395, 231.401, 231.403, 231.421, 231.423, 231.441, 231.443, 231.445, 231.461, 231.469, 231.481, 231.483, 231.485, 231.487, 231.489, 231.501, 231.503, 231.521, 231.523, 231.541, 231.543, 231.561, 231.563, 231.565, 231.567, 231.569, 231.571, 231.573, 231.575, 231.577, 231.579, 231.581, 231.591, and 231.595; new §§231.397, 231.425; 231.427, 231.525, and 231.583; and the repeal of §231.549 and §231.593, concerning requirements for public school personnel assignments. The amendments to §§231.79, 231.281, 231.289, 231.291, 231.301, 231.305, 231.307, 231.309. 231.313, 231.331, 231.333, 231.335, 231.337, 231.339, 231.341, 231.343, 231.361, 231.363, 231.393, 231.401, 231.403, 231.421, 231.441, 231.443, 231.461, 231.469, 231.481, 231.483, 231.485, 231.487, 231.489, 231.501, 231.523, 231.541, 231.543, 231.561, 231.563, 231.567, 231.571, and 231.595; new §231.427 and §231.583; and the repeal of §231.549 and §231.593 are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the September 1, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 4402) and will not be republished. The amendments to §§231.271, 231.283, 231.287, 231.303, 231.365, 231.381, 231.394, 231.395, 231.423, 231.445, 231.503, 231.521, 231.565, 231.569, 231.573, 231.575, 231.577, 231.579, 231.581, and 231.591; new §§231.397, 231.425, and 231.525 are adopted with changes to the proposed text as published in the September 1, 2017, issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 4402). The adopted revisions incorporate career and technical education (CTE) courses approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE). The adopted revisions also incorporate requirements to complete Texas Education Agency-approved training or appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety and add certificate areas to the list of credentials appropriate for placement into a particular assignment.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: Current 19 TAC Chapter 231, Requirements for Public School Personnel Assignments, provides guidance to school districts by listing courses by grade level and subject area and identifying the corresponding certificates appropriate for placement into each classroom assignment. This information assists districts with hiring and personnel assignment decisions.

The adopted revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter C and Subchapter E, identify and align the appropriate SBEC-issued certificates to each assignment and are based on the following: course curriculum; the information that must be transferred from teachers to students to ensure successful progressions from one grade level to the next; and the critical need to maintain alignment with SBOE-approved courses and comply with state and federal requirements. This cyclical work provides school districts with the most current guidance and best practices for ensuring that every individual has the appropriate certificate and meets any other requirements necessary prior to being placed into a particular assignment.

To reflect career and technical education courses approved by the SBOE, the adopted revisions to 19 TAC Chapter 231, Subchapter C and Subchapter E are outlined below. The adopted revisions also reflect changes the SBEC made at adoption at the October 6, 2017 meeting to extend the implementation date for training to the 2019-2020 school year, which would allow Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff to develop more robust training. The sections that reflect the extended implementation date are: §§231.271(d), 231.283(b), 231.287(b), 231.365(b), 231.394(b), 231.395(b), 231.397(b), 231.423(b), 231.425(b), 231.445(b), 231.503(b), 231.525(b), 231.565(b), 231.569(b), 231.573(b), 231.575(b), 231.577(b), 231.579(b), and 231.581(b).

Subchapter C. Grades 6-8 Assignments

§231.79. Career Development, Grades 6-8

The adopted amendment reflects new course names. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Subchapter E. Grades 9-12 Assignments

Division 9. Career Development, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.271. Career Development, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendments in subsections (a) and (b) reflect new course names. The adopted amendment in subsection (c) adds a new course and identifies certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment in subsection (d) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment in subsection (e) reflects new course names. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course. The reference to completion of training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety ensures the teacher can establish and maintain a safe learning environment for all students.

Division 10. Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.281. Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects new course names. The adopted amendment in subsections (b) and (c) adds additional course names. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.283. Advanced Animal Science and Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.287. Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.289. Agricultural Equipment Design and Fabrication; Agricultural Structures Design and Fabrication; Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technologies; Agricultural Power Systems; Oil and Gas Production, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to paragraphs (4)-(6) reflects new course names and eliminates certificates no longer appropriate for placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.291. Floral Design, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to paragraphs (3)-(6) reflects new course names and eliminates certificates no longer appropriate for placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 11. Architecture and Construction, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.301. Principles of Architecture; Principles of Construction, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment reflects the new course name. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.303. Interior Design, Grades 9-12

In response to public comment, at the October 6, 2017 SBEC meeting, the board modified at adoption subsections (a), (b), and (c) to reflect the new course name and to expand the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. Teachers with recent work experience in the interior design industry and a certification in the field are qualified to teach the sequence of interior design courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.305. Architectural Design, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects the new course name, and the adopted amendments in subsections (b) and (c) add new courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.307. Construction Management; Construction Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects the new course name, and the adopted amendments in subsections (b) and (c) add new courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.309. Building Maintenance Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment updates the course name and deletes a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.313. Electrical Technology; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Technology; Masonry Technology; and Plumbing Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment updates the course titles. The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects the new course names. The adopted amendment in subsection (b) reflects the new course names and identifies certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment in subsection (c) identifies state and federal training requirements prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The reference to completion of training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety ensures the teacher can establish and maintain a safe learning environment for all students.

Division 12. Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.331. Professional Communications, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to paragraphs (2)-(5) removes the degree requirement and semester credit hour references. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.333. Principles of Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment updates the course titles. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.335. Animation, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects the new course names. The adopted amendment in subsection (b) reflects the new course names and identifies the certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment in subsection (c) identifies the state and federal training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.337. Audio/Video Production; Graphic Design and Illustration, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment updates the course titles. The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects the new course names. The adopted amendment in subsection (b) reflects the new course names, adds new courses, and expands the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment in subsection (c) reflects the new course names and adds the new courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.339. Photography, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects the new course names and expands the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment in subsection (b) reflects the new course names and identifies the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment in subsection (c) reflects the new course names and identifies the state and federal training requirements prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

At the October 6, 2017 SBEC meeting, the board modified at adoption subsection (b) to correct a typographical error.

§231.341. Printing and Imaging Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) reflects the new course names. The adopted amendment in subsections (b) and (c) adds the new course names. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.343. Fashion Design, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) adds the new courses and reflects the new course names. The adopted amendment in subsections (b) and (c) adds the new courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 13. Business Management and Administration, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.361. Business Information Management; Business Law; and Touch System Data Entry, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsections (b) and (c) adds the new courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.363. Business Management; Business Lab; Global Business; Human Resources Management; Principles of Business, Marketing, and Finance; and Virtual Business, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment adds the course title. The adopted amendment in subsection (a) adds a new course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.365. Business English, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in new subsection (b) was added to identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

Division 14. Education and Training, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.381. Education and Training, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) updates the course name. The adopted amendment in subsections (b) and (c) adds the new courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with a valid classroom teacher or administrator certificate into classroom assignments. This increased flexibility to have the courses taught by a broader base of experienced teachers and administrators can assist with motivating students to consider the teaching profession as a viable career pathway.

In response to public comment, at the October 6, 2017 SBEC meeting, the board modified at adoption subsections (a) and (b) to broaden credentials appropriate for placement into the assignment and delete the previous list of certificates specified in rule.

Division 15. Finance, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.393. Accounting I; Financial Analysis; Insurance Operations; and Securities and Investments, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment deletes a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators into classroom assignments.

§231.394. Statistics and Business Decision Making, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in subsection (a) adds a new course and deletes a course. The adopted amendment to subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.395. Financial Mathematics, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment in new subsection (b) was added to identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.397. Accounting II, Grades 9-12

The adopted new section adds Accounting II. Adopted new subsection (a) identifies an additional course and the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. Adopted new subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

Division 16. Government and Public Administration, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.401. Government and Public Administration, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.403. Revenue, Taxation, and Regulation, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to new paragraphs (10)-(12) expands the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 17. Health Science, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.421. Health Science, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) updates the course name and adds a course. The adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.423. Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Microbiology, and Pathophysiology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) specifies the requirement of a bachelor's degree in addition to some certificates specified as appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment to subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.425. Mathematics for Medical Professionals, Grades 9-12

The adopted new section adds Mathematics for Medical Professionals. Adopted new subsection (a) identifies an additional course and the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. Adopted new subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.427. Health Informatics, Grades 9-12

The adopted new section adds Health Informatics and the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 18. Hospitality and Tourism, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.441. Hospitality and Tourism, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) deletes a course name. The adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.443. Culinary Arts, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) adds courses, and the adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.445. Food Science, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

Division 19. Human Services, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.461. Human Services, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.469. Cosmetology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 20. Information Technology, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.481. Information Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment adds a course and deletes a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.483. Digital Media; Web Technologies, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment changes the course title. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.485. Computer Programming, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment updates the course name and adds new paragraphs (8) and (9) to expand the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.487. Computer Maintenance, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.489. Computer Technician; Information Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment changes the course title. The adopted amendment to subsection (a) adds courses, and the adopted amendments to subsection (b) add courses and identify the state and federal training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 21. Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.501. Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) adds and deletes courses. The adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.503. Forensic Science, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) specifies the requirement of a bachelor's degree for specific assignments. The adopted amendment to subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

Division 22. Manufacturing, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.521. Manufacturing, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) adds and deletes courses. The adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) adds a course. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.523. Welding, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment adds and deletes courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.525. Manufacturing Engineering Technology II, Grades 9-12

The adopted new section adds Manufacturing Engineering Technology II. Adopted new subsection (a) would identify the name of the course and the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. Adopted new subsection (b) would identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

Division 23. Marketing, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.541. Marketing, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) would add a new course. The adopted amendment to subsections (b) and (c) would add and delete courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.543. Advertising, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment would change the course title. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.549. Retailing and E-tailing, Grades 9-12

The adopted repeal of this section would delete the course title and related information. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 24. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.561. Principles of Applied Engineering, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment would change the course title. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.563. Principles of Biosciences, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment would change the course title. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.565. Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment would change the course title. The adopted amendment to subsection (a) would add and delete courses. The adopted amendment to subsection (b) would identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.567. Engineering Design and Presentation, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsections (a)-(c) would add and delete courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.569. Engineering Mathematics; Robotics II, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment would change the course title. The adopted amendment to subsection (a) would add a course, and the adopted amendment to subsection (b) would identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.571. AC/DC Electronics; Solid State Electronics, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment would change the course title. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

§231.573. Principles of Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) would align to the requirements in subsection (b). The adopted amendment in subsection (b) would identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.575. Engineering Design and Problem Solving, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (b) would identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.577. Scientific Research and Design, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) would align to the requirements in subsection (b). The adopted amendment to subsection (b) would identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.579. Engineering Science, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment would change the course title. The adopted amendment to subsection (a) would update the course name. The adopted amendment to subsection (b) would identify the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.581. Digital Electronics, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (b) identifies the training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The implementation date to complete TEA-approved training has been extended to the 2019-2020 school year to allow time to develop robust training for this course.

§231.583. Robotics I, Grades 9-12

The adopted new section adds Robotics I and identifies the list of certificates appropriate for placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

Division 25. Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, Grades 9-12 Assignments

§231.591. Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment to subsection (a) adds courses, deletes courses, and eliminates certificates no longer appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment to subsection (b) adds courses and eliminates certificates no longer appropriate for placement into the assignment. The adopted amendment to subsection (c) adds courses and identifies the state and federal training requirement prior to placement into the assignment. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The reference to completion of training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety ensures the teacher can establish and maintain a safe learning environment for all students.

At the October 6, 2017 SBEC meeting, the board modified at adoption subsection (a) to include technical edits to accurately reflect the course titles.

§231.593. Aircraft Technology, Automotive Technology, or Collision Repair and Refinishing, Grades 9-12

The adopted repeal of this section deletes the course title and related information. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments. The courses previously listed in this section adopted for repeal and the certificates appropriate to teach the courses have been incorporated into §231.591, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, Grades 9-12.

§231.595. Small Engine Technology, Grades 9-12

The adopted amendment adds and deletes courses. This rule change aligns with the titles of CTE courses approved by the SBOE and provides clarity for district personnel using these rules to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND BOARD RESPONSES. The public comment period on the proposal began September 1, 2017, and ended October 2, 2017. The SBEC also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments at the October 6, 2017 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures. Following is a summary of the public comments received and corresponding board responses regarding the proposal.

Comment: The superintendents from Channing Independent School District (ISD), Friona ISD, and Hereford ISD and a career and technical education (CTE) director from Amarillo ISD commented that an experienced teacher with state certification and an advanced degree should be recognized as qualified to teach the specific classes of Practicum in Education and Training, Principles of Education and Training, Extended Practicum in Education and Training, and Instructional Practices Practicum. The commenters also stated that broadening the list of credentials appropriate to teach students about the profession of teaching will develop an interest in education and provide "grow your own" opportunities across the state that expand courses to encourage interest in the teaching profession.

Board Response: The SBEC agreed and modified at adoption §231.381, Education and Training, Grades 9-12, to expand the list of credentials appropriate to teach the Education and Training series of courses to allow greater flexibility in who can teach these courses. This change is another way to collaborate with districts by utilizing appropriately certified teachers in new and innovative ways and support achievement of the agency's Strategic Priority 1: Recruit, support, and retain teachers and principals.

Comment: A CTE director and a teacher from Round Rock ISD commented that Trade and Industrial certification should be added to the list of credentials appropriate to teach all courses in the Interior Design sequence. The commenters stated that individuals with a degree in architecture are eligible to take the professional interior design exam and demonstrate knowledge and skills that qualify them for industry licensure, yet their current Trade and Industrial state certification does not allow them to teach Interior Design.

Board Response: The SBEC agreed and modified at adoption §231.303, Interior Design, Grades 9-12, to expand the list of credentials appropriate to teach the Interior Design series of courses. This rule change is also necessary because interior design courses have been transferred from the Human Services cluster to the Architecture cluster of CTE courses.

Comment: A CTE director from Amarillo ISD commented that Art certification should be added to the list of credentials appropriate to teach Floral Design, Grades 9-12.

Board Response: The SBEC disagreed. The results of a review of the teacher certification standards for Art, conducted by TEA staff, found no standards tied to floral design. The standards and certification for the Art Early Childhood-Grade 12 (EC-12) certificate do not address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Floral Design (e.g., identifying flowers and plants, understanding pricing and ordering, correctly fertilizing and pruning). The SBEC maintained language as proposed.

Comment: A CTE director from Amarillo ISD commented that Technology Applications certification should be added to the list of credentials appropriate to teach Photography as that state certification has been determined to be appropriate to teach courses such as Graphic Design, Principles of Art, A/V, Animation. The commenter also shared that supporting the proposed rule change would benefit districts recruiting for teaching positions that would allow a certified Technology Applications teacher to teach one or more courses within the Photography cluster.

Board Response: The SBEC disagreed. The results of a review of the teacher certification standards for Technology Applications, conducted by TEA staff, found no standards tied to photography. The standards and certification for the Technology Applications certificates for Early Childhood-Grade 12 and Grades 8-12 (EC-12 and 8-12) do not address the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Photography. The SBEC maintained language as proposed.

SUBCHAPTER C. GRADES 6-8 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.79

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendment is adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendment implements the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704882

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


SUBCHAPTER E. GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

DIVISION 9. CAREER DEVELOPMENT, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.271

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendment is adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendment implements the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.271.Career Development, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (e) of this section, an assignment for Career Preparation I, Career Preparation II, or Extended Career Preparation, Grades 9-12, is allowed with any vocational or career and technical education (CTE) classroom teaching certificate specified in §233.13 of this title (relating to Career and Technical Education (Certificates not requiring experience and preparation in a skill area)) or §233.14 of this title (relating to Career and Technical Education (Certificates requiring experience and preparation in a skill area)).

(b) An assignment for Project-Based Research, Grades 9-12, is allowed with any vocational or CTE classroom teaching certificate specified in §233.13 of this title or §233.14 of this title.

(c) An assignment for Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates:

(1) Any vocational or CTE classroom teaching certificate specified in §233.13 of this title or §233.14 of this title. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(2) Grades 6-12 or Grades 9-12 Mathematics.

(3) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(4) Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(5) Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(6) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(7) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(8) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(9) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(10) Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12).

(d) All teachers assigned to Applied Mathematics for Technical Professionals shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

(e) The school district is responsible for ensuring that each teacher assigned to Career Preparation I, Career Preparation II, or Extended Career Preparation, Grades 9-12, has completed appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704883

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 10. AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND NATURAL RESOURCES, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.281, 231.283, 231.287, 231.289, 231.291

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.283.Advanced Animal Science and Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Advanced Animal Science or Advanced Plant and Soil Science, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: Grades 6-12.

(2) Agricultural Science and Technology: Grades 6-12.

(3) Any vocational agriculture certificate.

(4) Life Science: Grades 7-12.

(5) Life Science: Grades 8-12.

(6) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(7) Science: Grades 7-12.

(8) Science: Grades 8-12.

(9) Secondary Biology (Grades 6-12).

(10) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(b) All teachers assigned to these courses shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching these courses effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.287.Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Mathematical Applications in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: Grades 6-12.

(2) Agricultural Science and Technology: Grades 6-12.

(3) Any vocational agriculture certificate.

(4) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(5) Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(6) Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(7) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(8) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(9) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(10) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(11) Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12).

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704884

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 11. ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.301, 231.303, 231.305, 231.307, 231.309, 231.313

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.303.Interior Design, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Interior Design I or Interior Design II, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any home economics or homemaking certificate.

(2) Family and Consumer Sciences, Composite: Grades 6-12.

(3) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(4) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(5) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(b) Subject to the requirements in subsection (c) of this section, an assignment for Practicum in Interior Design or Extended Practicum in Interior Design, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any home economics or homemaking certificate.

(2) Family and Consumer Sciences, Composite: Grades 6-12.

(3) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(4) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(5) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(c) The school district is responsible for ensuring that each teacher assigned to Practicum in Interior Design or Extended Practicum in Interior Design, Grades 9-12, has completed appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704885

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 12. ARTS, AUDIO/VIDEO TECHNOLOGY, AND COMMUNICATIONS, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.331, 231.333, 231.335, 231.337, 231.339, 231.341, 231.343

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704886

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 13. BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.361, 231.363, 231.365

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.365.Business English, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Business English, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any business or office education certificate.

(2) Business and Finance: Grades 6-12.

(3) Business Education: Grades 6-12.

(4) English Language Arts and Reading: Grades 7-12.

(5) English Language Arts and Reading: Grades 8-12.

(6) Grades 6-12 or Grades 9-12--English.

(7) Grades 6-12 or Grades 9-12--English Language Arts, Composite.

(8) Junior High School (Grades 9-10 only) or High School--English.

(9) Junior High School (Grades 9-10 only) or High School--English Language Arts, Composite.

(10) Secondary English (Grades 6-12).

(11) Secondary English Language Arts, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704887

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 14. EDUCATION AND TRAINING, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.381

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendment is adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendment implements the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.381.Education and Training, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Instructional Practices or Principles of Education and Training, Grades 9-12, is allowed with any valid classroom teacher or administrator certificate.

(b) Subject to the requirements in subsection (c) of this section, an assignment for Practicum in Education and Training or Extended Practicum in Education and Training, Grades 9-12, is allowed with any valid classroom teacher or administrator certificate.

(c) The school district is responsible for ensuring that each teacher assigned to Practicum in Education and Training or Extended Practicum in Education and Training, Grades 9-12, has completed appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704888

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 15. FINANCE, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.393 - 231.395, 231.397

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments and new section are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments and new section implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.394.Statistics and Business Decision Making, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Statistics and Business Decision Making, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any business or office education certificate.

(2) Business and Finance: Grades 6-12.

(3) Business Education: Grades 6-12.

(4) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(5) Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(6) Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(7) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(8) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(9) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(10) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(11) Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12).

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.395.Financial Mathematics, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Financial Mathematics, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any business or office education certificate.

(2) Business and Finance: Grades 6-12.

(3) Business Education: Grades 6-12.

(4) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(5) Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(6) Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(7) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(8) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(9) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(10) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(11) Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12).

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.397.Accounting II, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Accounting II, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any business or office education certificate.

(2) Business and Finance: Grades 6-12.

(3) Business Education: Grades 6-12.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704889

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 16. GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.401, §231.403

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704890

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 17. HEALTH SCIENCE, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.421, 231.423, 231.425, 231.427

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments and new sections are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments and new sections implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.423.Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Microbiology, and Pathophysiology, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Microbiology, or Pathophysiology, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Secondary Biology (Grades 6-12).

(2) Secondary Science (Grades 6-12).

(3) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(4) Health Science: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(5) Health Science Technology Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(6) Life Science: Grades 7-12.

(7) Life Science: Grades 8-12.

(8) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(9) Science: Grades 7-12.

(10) Science: Grades 8-12.

(11) Vocational Health Occupations. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(12) Vocational Health Science Technology. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.425.Mathematics for Medical Professionals, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Mathematics for Medical Professionals, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Health Science: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(2) Health Science Technology Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(3) Vocational Health Occupations. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(4) Vocational Health Science Technology. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(5) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(6) Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(7) Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(8) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(9) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(10) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(11) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(12) Secondary Mathematics.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704891

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 18. HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.441, 231.443, 231.445

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.445.Food Science, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Food Science, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any home economics or homemaking certificate.

(2) Chemistry: Grades 7-12.

(3) Chemistry: Grades 8-12.

(4) Family and Consumer Sciences, Composite: Grades 6-12.

(5) Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Sciences: Grades 8-12.

(6) Life Science: Grades 7-12.

(7) Life Science: Grades 8-12.

(8) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(9) Science: Grades 7-12.

(10) Science: Grades 8-12.

(11) Secondary Biology (Grades 6-12).

(12) Secondary Chemistry (Grades 6-12).

(13) Secondary Science (Grades 6-12).

(14) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704892

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 19. HUMAN SERVICES, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.461, §231.469

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704893

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 20. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.481, 231.483, 231.485, 231.487, 231.489

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704894

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 21. LAW, PUBLIC SAFETY, CORRECTIONS, AND SECURITY, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.501, §231.503

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.503.Forensic Science, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Forensic Science, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Chemistry: Grades 7-12.

(2) Chemistry: Grades 8-12.

(3) Health Science: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(4) Health Science Technology Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(5) Life Science: Grades 7-12.

(6) Life Science: Grades 8-12.

(7) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(8) Science: Grades 7-12.

(9) Science: Grades 8-12.

(10) Secondary Biology (Grades 6-12).

(11) Secondary Chemistry (Grades 6-12).

(12) Secondary Science (Grades 6-12).

(13) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(14) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree and appropriate work approval.

(15) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree and appropriate work approval.

(16) Vocational Health Occupations. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(17) Vocational Health Science Technology. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(18) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree and appropriate work approval.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704895

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 22. MANUFACTURING, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.521, 231.523, 231.525

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments and new section are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments and new section implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.521.Manufacturing, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Diversified Manufacturing I, Diversified Manufacturing II, Manufacturing Engineering Technology I, Metal Fabrication and Machining I, Metal Fabrication and Machining II, Precision Metal Manufacturing I, Precision Metal Manufacturing II, Precision Metal Manufacturing II Lab, Principles of Manufacturing, Grades 9-12, is allowed using one of the following certificates.

(1) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(2) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(3) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(4) Secondary Industrial Technology (Grades 6-12).

(5) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(6) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(7) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(8) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(b) Subject to the requirements in subsection (c) of this section, an assignment for Practicum in Manufacturing or Extended Practicum in Manufacturing, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(2) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(3) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(4) Secondary Industrial Technology (Grades 6-12).

(5) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(6) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(7) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(8) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(c) The school district is responsible for ensuring that each teacher assigned to Practicum in Manufacturing or Extended Practicum in Manufacturing, Grades 9-12, has completed appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety.

§231.525.Manufacturing Engineering Technology II, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Manufacturing Engineering Technology II, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Grades 6-12 or Grades 9-12 Mathematics.

(2) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(3) Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(4) Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(5) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(6) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades8-12.

(7) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(8) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(9) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(10) Secondary Industrial Arts Technology (Grades 6-12).

(11) Secondary Mathematics.

(12) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(13) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree and appropriate work approval.

(14) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree and appropriate work approval.

(15) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree and appropriate work approval.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching the course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704896

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 23. MARKETING, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.541, §231.543

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704897

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


19 TAC §231.549

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The repeal is adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The repeal implements the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704898

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 24. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §§231.561, 231.563, 231.565, 231.567, 231.569, 231.571, 231.573, 231.575, 231.577, 231.579, 231.581, 231.583

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments and new section are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments and new section implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.565.Biotechnology I; Biotechnology II, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Biotechnology I or Biotechnology II, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources: Grades 6-12.

(2) Agricultural Science and Technology: Grades 6-12.

(3) Any vocational agriculture certificate.

(4) Health Science: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(5) Health Science Technology Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(6) Life Science: Grades 7-12.

(7) Life Science: Grades 8-12.

(8) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(9) Science: Grades 7-12.

(10) Science: Grades 8-12.

(11) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Grades 6-12.

(12) Secondary Biology (Grades 6-12).

(13) Secondary Science (Grades 6-12).

(14) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(15) Vocational Health Occupations. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(16) Vocational Health Science Technology. This assignment requires a bachelor's degree.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.569.Engineering Mathematics; Robotics II, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Engineering Mathematics or Robotics II, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(2) Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(3) Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(4) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(5) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(6) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(7) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(8) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Grades 6-12.

(9) Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12).

(10) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(11) Secondary Industrial Technology (Grades 6-12).

(12) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.573.Principles of Technology, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Principles of Technology, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(2) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(3) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(4) Physical Science: Grades 6-12.

(5) Physical Science: Grades 8-12.

(6) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(7) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(8) Science: Grades 7-12.

(9) Science: Grades 8-12.

(10) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Grades 6-12.

(11) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(12) Secondary Industrial Technology (Grades 6-12).

(13) Secondary Physics (Grades 6-12).

(14) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(15) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(b) An assignment for Principles of Technology, Grades 9-12, may also be taught with a vocational agriculture certificate or a trades and industry certificate with verifiable physics applications experience in business and industry, if assigned prior to the 1998-1999 school year. Six semester credit hours of college physics, chemistry, or electricity/electronics may be substituted for the business and industry experience. All teachers assigned to these courses shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching these courses effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.575.Engineering Design and Problem Solving, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Engineering Design and Problem Solving, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(2) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(3) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(4) Physical Science: Grades 6-12.

(5) Physical Science: Grades 8-12.

(6) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(7) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(8) Science: Grades 7-12.

(9) Science: Grades 8-12.

(10) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Grades 6-12.

(11) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(12) Secondary Industrial Technology (Grades 6-12).

(13) Secondary Physics (Grades 6-12).

(14) Secondary Science (Grades 6-12).

(15) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(16) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.577.Scientific Research and Design, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Scientific Research and Design, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Any vocational or career and technical education classroom teaching certificate with a bachelor's degree and 18 semester credit hours in any combination of sciences.

(2) Any science certificate valid for the grade level of the assignment.

(3) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(4) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Grades 6-12.

(b) All teachers assigned to this course shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.579.Engineering Science, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Engineering Science, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Master Science Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(2) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(3) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(4) Physical Science: Grades 6-12.

(5) Physical Science: Grades 8-12.

(6) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(7) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(8) Science: Grades 7-12.

(9) Science: Grades 8-12.

(10) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Grades 6-12.

(11) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(12) Secondary Industrial Technology (Grades 6-12).

(13) Secondary Physics (Grades 6-12).

(14) Secondary Science (Grades 6-12).

(15) Secondary Science, Composite (Grades 6-12).

(16) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(b) All teachers assigned to Engineering Science shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

§231.581.Digital Electronics, Grades 9-12.

(a) Subject to the requirements in subsection (b) of this section, an assignment for Digital Electronics, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Master Mathematics Teacher (Grades 8-12).

(2) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 6-12.

(3) Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering: Grades 8-12.

(4) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 7-12.

(5) Physics/Mathematics: Grades 8-12.

(6) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Grades 6-12.

(7) Secondary Industrial Arts (Grades 6-12).

(8) Secondary Industrial Technology (Grades 6-12).

(9) Secondary Mathematics (Grades 6-12).

(10) Technology Education: Grades 6-12.

(b) All teachers assigned to Digital Electronics shall participate in Texas Education Agency-approved training prior to teaching this course effective with the 2019-2020 school year. Specific details about the required training can be found at tea.texas.gov/cte.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704899

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


DIVISION 25. TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION, AND LOGISTICS, GRADES 9-12 ASSIGNMENTS

19 TAC §231.591, §231.595

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

§231.591.Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics, Grades 9-12.

(a) An assignment for Energy and Power of Transportation Systems; Aircraft Airframe Technology; Aircraft Powerplant Technology; Automotive Basics; Automotive Technology I: Maintenance and Light Repair; Automotive Technology II: Automotive Service; Advanced Transportation Systems Laboratory; Basic Collision Repair and Refinishing; Collision Repair; Paint and Refinishing; Diesel Equipment Technology I; Diesel Equipment Technology II; Distribution and Logistics; Introduction to Aircraft Technology; Principles of Distribution and Logistics; Principles of Transportation Systems; Introduction to Transportation Technology; or Management of Transportation Systems, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(2) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(3) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(b) Subject to the requirements in subsection (c) of this section, an assignment for Practicum in Transportation Systems, Extended Practicum in Transportation Systems, Practicum in Distribution and Logistics, or Extended Practicum in Distribution and Logistics, Grades 9-12, is allowed with one of the following certificates.

(1) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 6-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(2) Trade and Industrial Education: Grades 8-12. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(3) Vocational Trades and Industry. This assignment requires appropriate work approval.

(c) The school district is responsible for ensuring that each teacher assigned to Practicum in Transportation Systems, Extended Practicum in Transportation Systems, Practicum in Distribution and Logistics, or Extended Practicum in Distribution and Logistics, Grades 9-12, has completed appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704900

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


19 TAC §231.593

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The repeal is adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.003(a), which states that a person may not be employed as a teacher, teacher intern or teacher trainee, librarian, educational aide, administrator, educational diagnostician, or school counselor by a school district unless the person holds an appropriate certificate or permit issued as provided by the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.031(a), which states that the SBEC shall regulate and oversee all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct of public school educators; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The repeal implements the Texas Education Code, §§21.003(a), 21.031(a), and 21.041(b)(1) and (2).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704901

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


CHAPTER 234. MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, MILITARY SPOUSES, AND MILITARY VETERANS

19 TAC §234.5, §234.7

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopts amendments to §234.5 and §234.7, concerning military service members, military spouses, and military veterans. The amendments to §234.5 and §234.7 are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the September 1, 2017 issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 4428) and will not be republished. The adopted amendments implement the requirement from the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, to extend a temporary certificate for military spouses to three years and also provide clarification of renewal requirements for military service members, military spouses, and military veterans.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: 19 TAC Chapter 234 consolidates all military-related provisions into one chapter and streamlines future military-related rulemaking opportunities. The 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015, passed Senate Bill (SB) 807, requiring all state licensing agencies to adopt rules that implement the requirements of the Texas Occupations Code (TOC), Chapter 55, regarding the licensing of military service members, military spouses, and military veterans and the waiving of licensing and application fees paid to the state. The 84th Texas Legislature also passed SB 1307, providing clarification to definitions of military spouses and military veterans in key sections of the TOC, allowing for the adoption of rules to establish alternative methods for military groups to meet requirements for licensure, granting the executive director of a state agency authority to review applicant credentials and waive requirements for licensure, and incorporating the use of verified military service to satisfy apprenticeship requirements for licensure.

Most recently, the 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, passed HB 1934, which requires the SBEC to establish procedures for identifying and expediting processing of applications from spouses of active duty military service members of the armed forces of the United States. This provision is already in current 19 TAC §234.5(a) and (b), therefore, no rule changes are required to implement this legislative mandate. Effective September 1, 2017, the legislation also requires issuance of a three-year temporary certificate to all eligible military spouses. This provision of HB 1934 is implemented via the adopted amendments.

Following is a description of the adopted amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 234.

§234.5. Certification of Military Service Members, Military Spouses, and Military Veterans

In subsection (b), the limitation on terms of extensions of one-year certificates issued to military spouses was removed to comply with HB 1934, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017.

Adopted new subsection (c) includes language to support the extension of one-year certificates of military spouses whose certification applications were processed prior to the September 1, 2017 effective date of HB 1934 and clarify that military spouses are eligible for a maximum of two additional years from the date of issuance to allow them the same opportunity to have three years on a temporary certificate in Texas.

Adopted new subsection (d) includes language to support issuance of a three-year certificate to military spouses who meet requirements for a credentials review. This new subsection aligns with the September 1, 2017 effective date specified in HB 1934.

In re-lettered subsection (j), the term military spouses has been removed and is included in new subsection (k) to create a new provision to comply with HB 1934 that would issue a three-year temporary certificate to military spouses. Provisions for certification and test fee exemptions authorized by the 84th Texas Legislature in 2015 remain in rule.

All remaining subsections, originally lettered as subsections (c) - (h), have been re-lettered to subsections (e) - (j).

§234.7. Renewal and Continuing Education Requirements for Military Service Members

The title of 19 TAC §234.7 has been updated to add military spouses and military veterans to reflect that this section applies to all of the military community.

Adopted new subsection (a) provides a clarifying reference to the renewal requirements in 19 TAC Chapter 232, General Certification Provisions, for military service members, military spouses, and military veterans who hold a standard certificate.

The remaining subsections, originally lettered as subsections (a) and (b), have been re-lettered to subsections (b) and (c).

The fiscal implications for the adopted amendments have been updated and are published in this notice as follows.

Estimated costs to the state (Texas Education Agency (TEA)) and anticipated economic savings to regulated persons (military service members, military spouses, and military veterans) will be ongoing as a result of waiving licensing and application fees paid to the state mandated in SB 807 during the 84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015. As part of the original rulemaking process for 19 TAC Chapter 234, TEA staff provided estimated costs to the state for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 through FY 2020 and also provided anticipated economic savings to persons required to comply with the new chapter. Those cost estimates and anticipated economic savings included all three eligible members of the military community: military service members, military spouses, and military veterans.

The TEA staff has determined that fiscal implications for state government remain in place as a result of administering the amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 234 that align with provisions established specifically for military spouses in HB 1934, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017. While military spouses were included in the original cost estimates and anticipated savings associated with the original rulemaking process for 19 TAC Chapter 234, the following are updated estimates specific to military spouses.

The TEA estimates the number of military spouses that would apply for certification at 210 for FY 2018, 231 for FY 2019, 254 for FY 2020, 280 for FY 2021, and 308 for FY 2022.

For the TEA, the total estimated cost, due to revenue loss, would be $64,501 for FY 2018, $70,951 for FY 2019, $78,046 for FY 2020, $85,850 for FY 2021, and $94,556 for FY 2022. This estimate is based on the fees that the TEA would not be collecting. The total estimated cost for each year of FY 2018-FY 2022 is based on fees for the out-of-state route to certification (test fees of $22, credential review fee of $160, and certificate issuance fees of $50 and $75, for an overall total base fee of $307 per military spouse).

The TEA staff has determined that there is no additional fiscal impact on local government as a result of enforcing or administered the amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 234.

There is an anticipated economic savings to military spouses who are required to comply with the amendments. For military spouses not required to pay licensing and application fees to the state under the provision already established through SB 807, the total estimated savings would be $64,501 for FY 2018, $70,951 for FY 2019, $78,046 for FY 2020, $85,850 for FY 2021, and $94,556 for FY 2022. Based on current fees, a military spouse would save $307 utilizing the out-of-state route to Texas certification.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND BOARD RESPONSES. The public comment period on the proposal began September 1, 2017, and ended October 2, 2017. The SBEC also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments at the October 6, 2017 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures. No public comments were received on the proposed amendments.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.041(b)(2), which requires the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; TEC, §21.041(b)(4), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that specify the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate; TEC, §21.044(a), which requires the SBEC to propose rules establishing training requirements a person must accomplish to obtain a certificate, enter an internship, or enter an induction-year program; TEC, §21.052(b-1), as amended by House Bill (HB) 1934, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, which requires the SBEC to establish procedures to accurately identify military spouses and expedite processing of certification applications that they submit; TEC, §21.052(c), as amended by HB 1934, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, which states that the SBEC can specify the term of a temporary certificate issued under this subsection; TEC, §21.052(d-1), as amended by HB 1934, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, which requires the SBEC to issue a three-year temporary certificate to eligible military spouses of active duty service members; and Texas Occupations Code (TOC), §55.001, which defines key terms and identifies the individuals relevant to the processing and support of members of the military community; TOC, §55.002, which provides clarification and guidelines for implementing fee exemptions for members of the military community; TOC, §55.003, which states military service members are eligible to receive a two-year extension of time to complete requirements for license renewal; TOC, §55.004, which requires state agencies to adopt rules for issuance of licensure to members of the military community and also provides alternatives to become eligible for licensure; TOC, §55.005, which requires state agencies to establish a process to expedite applications for licensure submitted by members of the military community; TOC, §55.006, which requires state agencies to determine renewal requirements for expedited licenses issued to members of the military community; TOC, §55.007, which provides state agencies authority to credit verified military service, training, or education toward licensing requirements; TOC, §55.008, which authorizes state agencies to credit verified relevant military service, training, or education relevant to the occupation toward the apprenticeship requirements for licensure; and TOC, §55.009, which confirms state agencies that issue licensure shall waive license application and examination fees paid to the state for applicable members of the military community.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.041(b)(2) and (4); 21.044(a); and 21.052(b-1), (c), and (d-1), as amended by House Bill 1934, 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017; and Texas Occupations Code, §§55.001, 55.002, 55.003, 55.004, 55.005, 55.006, 55.007, 55.008, and 55.009.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704876

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


CHAPTER 239. STUDENT SERVICES CERTIFICATES

The State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) adopts amendments to §§239.1, 239.10, 239.15, 239.20, 239.25, 239.80, and 239.82-239.85; new §239.30 and §239.86; and the repeal of §239.30 and §239.86, concerning student services certificates. The amendments to §§239.1, 239.10, 239.15, 239.20, 239.25, 239.80, and 239.82-239.85; new §239.86; and the repeal of §239.30 and §239.86 are adopted without changes to the proposed text as published in the September 1, 2017 issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 4430) and will not be republished. New §239.30 is adopted with changes to the proposed text as published in the September 1, 2017 issue of the Texas Register (42 TexReg 4430). The adopted revisions update the requirements for the minimum admission, preparation, standards, certificate issuance, and renewal for the School Counselor and Educational Diagnostician certificates. The adopted revisions reflect feedback provided by the SBEC-appointed advisory committees for the School Counselor Certificate and Educational Diagnostician Certificate.

REASONED JUSTIFICATION: The SBEC rules in 19 TAC Chapter 239, Subchapter A, School Counselor Certificate, and Subchapter C, Educational Diagnostician Certificate, establish requirements for minimum admission, preparation, standards, certificate issuance, renewal, and transition and implementation dates for the school counselor and educational diagnostician certificates.

The SBEC-appointed advisory committees for the School Counselor Certificate and Educational Diagnostician Certificate were convened to provide feedback on the current rules and processes related to preparation, testing, certification, and renewal for both certificate areas. Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff updated the SBEC on the activities completed by both advisory committees and provided a high-level overview of key issues relevant to each certificate as part of the discussion item on the March 3, 2017 SBEC meeting agenda. TEA staff presented proposed changes to 19 TAC Chapter 239, Subchapters A and C, as part of the discussion item on the June 9, 2017 SBEC meeting agenda and for action at the August 4, 2017 meeting.

Following is a description of the adopted revisions that reflects feedback from the SBEC-appointed advisory committees for the School Counselor Certificate and Educational Diagnostician Certificate and action taken by the SBEC at its October 6, 2017 meeting.

Subchapter A. School Counselor Certificate

§239.1. General Provisions

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.1(a) updates the language to more fully reflect the scope of preparation required of candidates seeking the School Counselor certificate. The adopted amendment to subsection (b) specifies that the expectation that individuals certified as a School Counselor, Grades EC-12, will participate in counseling-related professional development activities as a way to remain current with best practices and procedures for school counseling and in developing quality, comprehensive school counseling programs. The adopted amendment to subsection (c) provides additional confirmation that individuals with this certificate are appropriately licensed to provide counseling services to all students in Prekindergarten to Grade 12.

§239.10. Preparation Program Requirements

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.10(a) updates the language to further emphasize the importance of having structured, field-based training experiences in an actual school setting but removes the reference to "campuses" to acknowledge that serving in the role of school counselor within several campus settings is not always possible for each certification candidate. The change to subsection (b) removes the phrase "and/or experience" directly related to the standards as an option for substituting preparation coursework and other requirements leading to issuance of the school counselor certificate to further emphasize the important role of training through an educator preparation program to ensure successful entry and retention in the critical role of school counselor. Adopted new subsection (c) specifies that educator preparation programs must incorporate processes to ensure certification candidates can understand and implement The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs, which aligns with provisions in the TEC, Chapter 33, Subchapter A, School Counselors and Counseling Programs, and serves as a model for school counselors and school counseling programs across the state.

§239.15. Standards Required for the School Counselor Certificate

Under Standard I, Learner-Centered Knowledge, the adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.15(b)(1) updates the language to ensure that preparation programs and certification candidates share a common understanding of the thoughts and beliefs that have guided the role of the school counselor and school counseling programs over the years. Adopted new subsection (b)(4) adds an emphasis on the role of college and career readiness standards and the ability of the school counselor to infuse these important knowledge and skills into his or her interactions with students as they explore postsecondary options. With the addition of adopted new subsection (b)(4), the subsequent paragraphs have been renumbered accordingly.

The change to subsection (b)(5) adds "test interpretation" to the list of key assessment principles and procedures important to a school counselor's repertoire to further emphasize the importance of understanding test results and using them effectively to assess and address student needs. The change to subsection (b)(7) updates the language to highlight the various phases of learners' development and allows the rules to further confirm importance of the breadth and depth of the counseling programs. The change to subsection (b)(9) updates the language to stress the importance of conducting oneself in an ethical manner. The change to subsection (b)(11) reflects more current and expansive language. The change to subsection (b)(12) reflects the more current reference to the counseling program and refers to the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards as important components to be blended together with academic curricula to ensure the best preparation for all students. The change to subsection (b)(13) updates the language to better express that the counselor is instrumental in ensuring the comprehensiveness of the school counseling program and its ability to be responsive to the needs of all students.

Adopted new subsection (b)(15)-(19) expands the list of skills and abilities required of an effective school counselor. These additions further emphasize the importance of solid preparation to effectively step into the role of school counselor and address the importance of developing and teaching best practices related to leadership skills. The additions also focus on the impact that cultural factors and group membership can have on students; stipulate a necessary understanding of the comprehensive school counseling program model; emphasize the importance and use of technology in its various forms and the personal and professional harm of technology misuse; and highlight the importance of understanding systems, with a special emphasis on family dynamics and school environments.

Under Standard II, Learner-Centered Skills, reference to The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs was included to confirm the important role of this key Texas document and its necessary use in all educator preparation programs. The change to subsection (c)(2) incorporates updated terminology and adds reference to The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs to further confirm the important role of this Texas-specific document to the development and maintenance of a successful school counseling program. The change to subsection (c)(5) emphasizes the important, proactive role of the school counselor in making referrals and following up on his or her effectiveness relating to student needs within the school and community. The change to subsection (c)(8) highlights the importance of a school counselor taking time to complete a thorough assessment of student needs not only relating to assessment data but also to ensure there is sufficient information available to make informed and effective decisions on best ways to support that student in any other critical needs areas. The change to subsection (c)(9) updates the types of practices that should be used to address student needs. The change to subsection (c)(10) incorporates current terminology for school counseling programs.

Adopted new subsection (c)(11) addresses the school counselor's role in facilitating learners' ability to achieve their potential. Adopted new subsection (c)(12) highlights the importance of the school counselor remaining proficient in counseling and campus-related technology to ensure that he or she is readily equipped with the latest tools and technology to successfully address and support the various needs of learners. Adopted new subsection (c)(13) adds a reference to the use of various resources to counsel students about postsecondary college and career readiness opportunities to ensure the school counselor remains knowledgeable about numerous options available and can craft guidance that meets the needs of each learner.

Under Standard III, Learner-Centered Process, the adopted amendment to subsection (d) emphasizes the importance of revising the school counseling program as needed to strengthen the overall program and ensure that it is meeting the needs of all learners and adds reference to The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs to confirm the importance of using the state's model for school counseling programs. The adopted amendment to subsection (d)(2) clarifies the distinction between personal and social goals. The adopted amendment to subsection (d)(5) accurately reflects the school counselor's role as a consultant to help learners achieve success inside and outside of school.

Adopted new subsection (d)(6)-(13) emphasizes the school counselor's role as advocate for a comprehensive school counseling program that involves the school and community and utilizes resources within and beyond classrooms to implement and maintain a successful school counseling program that supports all learners, as well as elaborate on the school counselor's extensive role in leading and promoting an effective school counseling program that involves all members of the school community. Adopted new subsection (d)(14) encourages the school counselor to develop practices to promote learners' knowledge about college and career readiness processes necessary to pursue postsecondary opportunities.

Under Standard IV, Learner-Centered Equity and Excellence for All Learners, the changes to subsection (e)(1)-(3) update language to reflect the importance of the school counselor to create and maintain a positive school environment that is inclusive of and responsive to all learners.

Adopted new subsection (e)(4)-(9) specifies the need for school counselors to build on commonalities versus differences in all learners; understand the impact of environment and behavior on individual learners; ensure equitable access to programs and services for all students; understand how family values, group membership, and culture intersect; acknowledge learners' gifts, strengths, and extracurricular talents when considering programs and services; and increase students' awareness and include their voice regarding educational and individualized plans as this type of environment affords every learner an opportunity for growth and success. Adopted new subsection (e)(10) emphasizes the important role of the school counselor in ensuring all students and their parents/guardians have equitable access to information about postsecondary opportunities and use available resources to become college and career ready.

Under Standard V, Learner-Centered Communications, adopted new subsection (f)(9)-(11) has been added to illustrate the school counselor's opportunity to take a positive, strength-based approach to the development of a school counseling program that verbalizes commonalities versus differences in all learners; highlights the importance of effectively communicating the school counselor's roles and responsibilities to all stakeholders; and emphasizes the need for school counselors to adhere to best practices connected to ethical and legal considerations related to appropriate use of technology and email, documentation, record keeping, privileged communication, and informed consent process as these are all principles that align with the statewide model for school counseling programs. Adopted new subsection (f)(12) highlights the role of the school counselor in facilitating learners' and parent/guardians' access to school and community resources related to postsecondary opportunities and college and career readiness.

Under Standard VI, Learner-Centered Professional Development, the changes to subsection (g)(5) and (6) show the importance of school counselors engaging in active professional development on a regular basis, as well as the important role of professional development in a school counselor's ability to increase college and career readiness and the promotion of postsecondary opportunities and preparation for all learners.

§239.20. Requirements for the Issuance of the Standard School Counselor Certificate

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.20(3) changes the minimum degree requirement for issuance of the School Counselor Certificate from a master's degree to a 48-hour master's degree in counseling.

§239.25. Requirements to Renew the Standard School Counselor Certificate

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.25 removes outdated references to renewal requirements for certificates issued from September 1, 1999, to August 31, 2000, and adds language to confirm it is necessary for individuals issued the standard school counselor certificate to comply with renewal requirements in place for the certificate. A technical edit has also been made to update a cross reference.

§239.30. Transition and Implementation Dates

Section 239.30 has been repealed to remove outdated language. In response to public comment, at its October 6, 2017 meeting, the SBEC modified at adoption new §239.30 to change the implementation date to September 1, 2019, for the amendments to apply to candidates being admitted into an approved Texas educator preparation program for the School Counselor certificate. The additional year allows educator preparation programs more time to make the necessary changes to comply with the new requirements. The title of adopted new §239.30 has been updated to clearly reflect the contents of the section.

Subchapter C. Educational Diagnostician Certificate

§239.80. General Provisions

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.80(b) updates the language to emphasize the importance of the educational diagnostician remaining current in the area of assessment as it has a direct impact on student learning. The adopted amendment to subsection (c) would more accurately reflect the student grade range served by educational diagnosticians.

§239.82. Preparation Program Requirements

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.82(b) allows flexibility in educator preparation program design.

§239.83. Standards Required for the Educational Diagnostician Certificate

The changes to 19 TAC §239.83(b)-(k) remove the word "beginning" from every reference to the educational diagnostician since the standards apply to all educational diagnosticians and not just individuals entering the profession upon completion of a preparation program and issuance of certification.

Under Standard I, the adopted amendment to subsection (b)(1)(D) specifies that an educational diagnostician knows and understands the importance and impact of placement of special education students in the least restrictive environment.

Under Standard IV, the adopted amendment to subsection (e)(1)(A) specifies that an educational diagnostician knows and understands placement of individual students in the least restrictive environment, and the adopted amendment to subsection (e)(2)(A) specifies that an educational diagnostician is able to establish measurable annual goals and objectives.

Under Standard VI, the adopted amendment to subsection (g)(1)(I) adds the response to intervention or RTI to further explain what is meant by use of the term prereferral, and the adopted amendment to subsection (g)(1)(L) adds "transition" to the examples of methods of academic and nonacademic assessment and evaluation.

Under Standard VII, the adopted amendment to subsection (h)(1)(D) specifies that an educational diagnostician knows and understands the ways in which native language may affect evaluation.

Under Standard IX, the adopted amendment to subsection (j)(1)(A) adds language to emphasize the type of support that will have the most appropriate impact on student behavior.

Under Standard X, the adopted amendment to subsection (k)(1)(D) updates language to show the need for the educational diagnostician to be able to distinguish between techniques and apply them as necessary to positively impact student living.

§239.84. Requirements for the Issuance of the Standard Educational Diagnostician Certificate

The adopted amendment to 19 TAC §239.84(5) changes the required number of creditable years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher from two to three years. The committee was unanimous in favor of this recommendation and felt that returning to three years of experience allows the individual interested in pursuing the educational diagnostician certificate to gain a much-needed additional year in the classroom before becoming an educational diagnostician.

§239.85. Requirements to Renew the Standard Educational Diagnostician Certificate

Technical edits have been made to update cross references.

§239.86. Transition and Implementation Dates

Section 239.86 has been repealed to remove outdated language, and new §239.86 includes an implementation date of September 1, 2018, for the changes to apply to candidates being admitted into an approved Texas educator preparation program for the Educational Diagnostician Certificate. The title of adopted new §239.86 has been updated to clearly reflect the contents of the section.

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND BOARD RESPONSES. The public comment period on the proposal began September 1, 2017, and ended October 2, 2017. The SBEC also provided an opportunity for registered oral and written comments at the October 6, 2017 meeting in accordance with the SBEC board operating policies and procedures. Following is a summary of the public comments received and corresponding board responses regarding the proposed revisions.

Comment: A school counselor representing the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and a school counselor serving as director of counseling from Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD) and as representative of the Lone Star State School Counselor Association (LSSSCA) suggested lengthening the implementation date for the school counselor rule from September 1, 2018, to September 1, 2019, to give programs more time to make the necessary changes to comply with the new requirements.

Board Response: The SBEC agreed with the comments related to the implementation date of the new requirements and amended §239.30 to move the implementation date from September 1, 2018, to September 1, 2019. This revision allows EPPs more time to make the necessary changes to comply with the new requirements.

Comment: A counselor from San Angelo ISD and adjunct instructor for curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University; an adjunct faculty member for curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University; a school counselor from Austin ISD and Volma Overton Early College Prep; and a district counselor in Socorro ISD commented in opposition of proposed changes in §239.15 that broaden expectations for school counselors and align with The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs. One commenter stated that counselors do not provide therapy and only see students for a limited time. One commenter stated that more training in counseling is not necessary and would result in a misunderstanding of the role of the school counselor. The commenter further stated that it would not benefit students to have their academic day interrupted by a counseling session. One commenter stated that a counselor role varies between campuses and districts and changing the standards will not guarantee the counselor's role will shift to strictly counseling.

Board Response: The SBEC disagreed. The amendment to §239.15 requires the standards that EPPs use to instruct school counselor candidates to better reflect the needs of students and more fully reflect the scope of preparation required to be a successful school counselor.

Comment: The Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA); Texas Association of School Boards (TASB); TCA; an individual serving as president of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES) and clinical assistant professor in the Counseling Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio; an associate professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at Texas A&M Corpus Christi; a professor of education/counseling from Wayland Baptist University; an assistant professor of counselor education at Texas Tech University; a professor of counselor education at Sam Houston State University; an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Lamar University, a representative of the TCA and member of the committee that wrote, The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs; a board member of the Texas School Counselor Association (TSCA) and president of the Texas Counselors of Justice; an assistant professor from Texas State University; an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Guidance at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; a counselor educator; a licensed professional counselor-supervisor; representatives from Education Service Center (ESC) Regions 4, 10, 13, 14, and 19; a school counselor; a school counselor serving as a representative of the TCA; a school counselor serving as director of counseling from Fort Worth ISD and as representative of LSSSCA; and three individuals commented in support of the proposed changes in §239.15. The commenters stated that the proposed change in standards will more fully reflect the scope of preparation required to be successful as a school counselor, reflect the additional knowledge school counselors are expected to bring to their positions, and will bring the standards into alignment with best practices for effective comprehensive school counseling programs and state law related to school counselors. The commenters stated that the proposed changes will help students receive the necessary support, convey the expected knowledge base and standards for school counselors, and define expected roles and best practices.

Board Response: The SBEC agreed that the rules in §239.15 are better aligned with the role and expectations of school counselors to address the needs of students and more fully reflect the breadth and depth of the counselor's role. The SBEC maintained language as proposed in §239.15.

Comment: TASA; TASB; a counselor from San Angelo ISD and adjunct instructor for curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University; an adjunct faculty member for curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University; a school counselor from Austin ISD and Volma Overton Early College Prep; a counselor from Irving ISD; a counselor from McKinney ISD; an adjunct faculty member of curriculum and instruction from Angelo State University; an education specialist from Region 4 ESC; a counselor from Athens ISD; the Texas Association of Community Schools; the coordinator of counseling and behavioral services at Humble ISD; a counselor from Joshua ISD; a secondary counselor from Winters ISD; an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction from Angelo State University; a counselor from McKinney ISD; a school counselor from Austin ISD; representatives from ESC Regions 4, 10, 13, 14, and 19; two counseling program candidates from Regions 10 and 19; ten individuals who recently completed counseling programs at Regions 4, 10, 13, and 19; and four individuals commented in opposition to proposed changes in §239.20 that require a 48-hour master's degree in counseling for the issuance of the School Counselor Certificate. The commenters stated that the 48-hour master's degree in counseling requirement will eliminate alternative certification educator preparation programs from offering the counseling certificate, that the master's degree in school counseling is not necessary to prepare school counselors, that other advanced certification programs do not specify the type of master's degree, and that the current structure is sufficient in preparing school counselors.

Board Response: The SBEC disagreed. The amendment to §239.20 ensures that all candidates have a 48-hour master's degree in counseling, complete a rigorous preparation program, and step into the role of school counselor fully prepared to implement a comprehensive school counseling program that meets the needs of all students.

As the comments relate to eliminating alternative educator preparation programs, the SBEC disagreed. While universities offer a master's degree in conjunction with requirements for issuance of the School Counselor Certificate, candidates coming from out-of-state or in-state candidates who hold a master's degree in counseling can enter an alternative EPP to receive the School Counselor Certificate.

As the comments relate to other advanced certification programs not specifying the type of master's degree as a rationale for not requiring a specialized master's degree, the SBEC offers the following clarification. The school counselor is a specialized field that requires specialized training that is not covered in an education-related training pathway; the rule for other certification areas are not under consideration at this time.

The SBEC maintained language as proposed in §239.20.

Comment: TCA; an associate professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at Texas A&M Corpus Christi; a professor of education/counseling from Wayland Baptist University; an assistant professor of counselor education at Texas Tech University; a professor of counselor education at Sam Houston State University; an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling at Lamar University, a board member of TSCA, and president of the Texas Counselors of Justice; an assistant professor from Texas State University; an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Guidance at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; the director of Southern Methodist University program in counseling; a counselor educator; a licensed professional counselor-supervisor; a school counselor; a representative of the TCA and member of the committee that wrote, The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs; a school counselor serving as representative of the TCA; a school counselor serving as director of counseling from Fort Worth ISD and as representative of the LSSSCA; and five individuals commented in support of the proposed changes in §239.20 that require a 48-hour master's degree in counseling for the issuance of the School Counselor Certificate. The commenters stated that this change in school counselor training is essential to support the emotional and mental needs of the students by providing clinical skills in training and to achieve greater consistency in school counselor preparation standards. The commenters stated that counselors are entrusted with supporting students when they disclose past trauma, child abuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, family issues, pregnancy, and intent to harm themselves or others. The commenters further stated the need for counselors to hold a master's degree in counseling to understand how to empower and intervene when needed. A commenter stated that the 48-hour master's degree in counseling requirement is the current standard for the Council for Accreditation Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) with a phase-in of a 60-hour master's degree in counseling. A commenter stated that as a director of counseling, there is a benefit for candidates who come into the field with a 48-hour master's degree in counseling compared to those who have a master's degree in another field.

Board Response: The SBEC agreed with the comments related to §239.20 that requires a 48-hour master's degree in counseling to obtain a School Counselor Certificate. The amendment allows candidates to receive additional training in counseling to be better equipped to address the needs and challenges of students. The SBEC maintained language as proposed in §239.20.

Comment: An assistant professor of curriculum and instruction from Angelo State University; an adjunct faculty member of curriculum and instruction from Angelo State University; three counselors; two counselor candidates; and three individuals stated that the proposed changes would require certified counselors to obtain a second master's degree and then reapply for certification.

Board Response: The SBEC disagreed and clarified that any individual already issued an Early Childhood-Grade 12 (EC-12) School Counselor Certificate would not be affected by the rule change. The SBEC maintained language as proposed in §239.20.

Comment: An associate professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at Texas A&M Corpus Christi; a professor of counselor education at Sam Houston State University; a counselor educator; a school counselor serving as director of counseling from Fort Worth ISD and as representative of LSSSCA; a school counselor; and an individual commented that the proposed requirements in Chapter 239 are aligned with certification requirements in most states that also require a master's degree in counseling and are aligned with the training requirements of CACREP.

Board Response: The SBEC agreed with the comments related to the importance of the proposed requirements being aligned with other states requiring a master's degree in counseling and the training requirements of CACREP.

Comment: TASA; TASB; an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction from Angelo State University, and two adjunct faculty members for curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University commented that the proposed requirements specifying a 48-hour master's degree in counseling does not align with other advanced certification programs that do not specify the required numbers of hours, noting that many university programs require 36 hours. The commenters added that adopting a rule that requires a subjective number of hours will likely lead to unintended consequences if a candidate is midway through the program and the rules change. In addition, the commenters stated there is no data showing that a 48-hour preparation program produces a higher caliber school counselor instead of a 36-hour program.

Board Response: As the comments relate to other advanced certification programs not specifying the required number of hours, that many university programs require 36 hours, and that there is no data showing that a 48-hour preparation program produces a higher caliber school counselor, the SBEC disagreed. The 48-hour requirement aligns with what many states already require for school counselor certification and support preparing candidates to implement The Texas Model for Comprehensive School Counseling Programs.

As the comment relates to the unintended consequences of candidates being midway through their preparation program and having the certification requirements in rule change at that time, the SBEC disagreed. When the SBEC adopts rule changes, oftentimes the changes include a future implementation and/or effective date to ensure candidates already in a preparation program are not affected. At adoption, the SBEC amended §239.30 to move the implementation date from September 1, 2018, to September 1, 2019, to allow EPPs more time to make the necessary changes to comply with the new requirements.

Comment: An individual who just completed the counselor program at Region 19; three current school counselors; seven current candidates in the counselor program at Regions 10, 13, and 19; and an individual commented that the proposed requirements are not financially or time feasible for candidates. The commenters stated that an alternative program rather than a university program is a lot cheaper with more flexible options.

Board Response: As the comment relates to lower costs and increased flexibility in an alternative program rather than a university program, the SBEC offers the following clarification. The rules do not prevent an individual who holds a master's degree in counseling in state without certification or out of state from pursuing the School Counselor Certificate from an alternative certification program.

Comment: TASA; TASB; Texas Association of Community Schools; the coordinator of counseling and behavioral services at Humble ISD; an adjunct faculty member for curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University; an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction from Angelo State University; an education specialist from Region 4 ESC; a counselor from San Angelo ISD and adjunct instructor for curriculum and instruction at Angelo State University; five school counselors who completed an alternative counselor program; two individuals who recently completed the Region 19 ESC counselor program; a counselor from Dallas ISD; representatives from Region 10 and 14 ESCs; and two individuals commented that the proposed requirements will exacerbate counselor shortages with limiting only individuals with a master's degree in counseling to be issued a school counselor certificate especially in small and rural districts.

Board Response: As the comments relate to exacerbating counselor shortages, the SBEC disagreed. The rule change will better prepare school counselors and result in retaining more school counselors in the field.

Comment: A counselor from Brownsville ISD commented that the proposed changes in §239.20 are not sufficient to prepare school counselors and recommended a 54-hour/credit program of study that should also include working with special populations. The commenter stated that school counselors are increasingly dealing with a high volume of students with emotional disorders and suicidal ideation.

Board Response: The SBEC disagreed that the 48-hour master's degree in counseling requirement is insufficient. The 48-hour master's degree in counseling aligns with the school counselor certification requirements of many states. The SBEC maintained language as proposed in §239.20.

Comment: A counselor from Brownsville ISD commented that the proposed changes in §239.15 do not adequately address the skills and knowledge that school counselors need to address the high volume of students with emotional disorders and suicidal ideation. The commenter suggested that the standards should include special populations to address these issues.

Board Response: The SBEC disagreed. The standards support the counselor's role as part of the student support team on campus and reflect the importance of working with faculty to effectively implement a comprehensive school counseling program. The amendment to §239.15 includes several standards that address the needs of special populations and highlight the skills and knowledge school counselors must have to promote the educational, career, personal, and social development of all students. The SBEC maintained language as proposed in §239.15.

Comment: Representatives from ESC Regions 4, 14, and 19 commented in support of the increased hours of training and practicum in counseling programs for candidates to have a deeper understanding of counseling theory; foundations; mental health training; techniques; realities of counseling; and experience with students, parents, teachers, and other community members to enhance the quality of the school counselor candidate's knowledge and expertise.

Board Response: The comment is outside the scope of the proposal. The commenter's suggestions are not related to 19 TAC Chapter 239. The applicable rules regarding educator preparation program minimum hours of preparation are found in 19 TAC Chapter 228, Requirements for Educator Preparation Program. TEA staff will consider this feedback for future rulemaking to 19 TAC Chapter 228.

SUBCHAPTER A. SCHOOL COUNSELOR CERTIFICATE

19 TAC §§239.1, 239.10, 239.15, 239.20, 239.25, 239.30

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments and new section are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.031(a), which charges the SBEC with regulating and overseeing all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct for public school educators; TEC, §21.040(4), which states that the SBEC shall, for each class of educator certificate, appoint an advisory committee composed of members of that class to recommend standards for that class to the board; TEC, §21.041(a), which authorizes the SBEC to adopt rules as necessary to implement its procedures; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.041(b)(2)-(4), which require the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; the period for which each class of educator certificate is valid; and the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate; TEC, §21.041(b)(5) and (9), which require the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the issuance of an educator certificate to a person who holds a similar certificate issued by another state or foreign country, subject to the TEC, §21.052, and continuing education requirements; TEC, §21.044, which requires the SBEC to propose rules establishing training requirements a person must accomplish to obtain a certificate, enter an internship, or enter an induction-year program; TEC, §21.048(a), which requires the SBEC to propose rules prescribing comprehensive examinations for each class of certificate issued by the SBEC and requires the commissioner of education to determine the satisfactory level of performance required for each certification examination and each core subject covered by the generalist certification examination; TEC, §21.054, which requires classroom teachers, principals, and school counselors to earn continuing professional education units in specific areas and directs the SBEC to propose rules relating to continuing education courses and programs for educators; and TEC, §22.0831(f), which authorizes the SBEC to propose rules to implement the national criminal history record information review of certified educators.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments and new section implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.031(a), 21.040(4), 21.041(a), 21.041(b)(1)-(5) and (9), 21.044, 21.048(a), 21.054, and 22.0831(f).

§239.30.Implementation Date.

The provisions of this subchapter apply to an applicant who is admitted to an educator preparation program for the School Counselor Certificate on or after September 1, 2019.

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704877

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


19 TAC §239.30

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The repeal is adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.031(a), which charges the SBEC with regulating and overseeing all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct for public school educators; TEC, §21.040(4), which states that the SBEC shall, for each class of educator certificate, appoint an advisory committee composed of members of that class to recommend standards for that class to the board; TEC, §21.041(a), which authorizes the SBEC to adopt rules as necessary to implement its procedures; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; TEC, §21.041(b)(2)-(4), which require the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; the period for which each class of educator certificate is valid; and the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate; TEC, §21.041(b)(5) and (9), which require the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the issuance of an educator certificate to a person who holds a similar certificate issued by another state or foreign country, subject to the TEC, §21.052, and continuing education requirements; TEC, §21.044, which requires the SBEC to propose rules establishing training requirements a person must accomplish to obtain a certificate, enter an internship, or enter an induction-year program; TEC, §21.048(a), which requires the SBEC to propose rules prescribing comprehensive examinations for each class of certificate issued by the SBEC and requires the commissioner of education to determine the satisfactory level of performance required for each certification examination and each core subject covered by the generalist certification examination; TEC, §21.054, which requires classroom teachers, principals, and school counselors to earn continuing professional education units in specific areas and directs the SBEC to propose rules relating to continuing education courses and programs for educators; and TEC, §22.0831(f), which authorizes the SBEC to propose rules to implement the national criminal history record information review of certified educators.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The repeal implements the Texas Education Code, §§21.031(a), 21.040(4), 21.041(a), 21.041(b)(1)-(5) and (9), 21.044, 21.048(a), 21.054, and 22.0831(f).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704878

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


SUBCHAPTER C. EDUCATIONAL DIAGNOSTICIAN CERTIFICATE

19 TAC §§239.80, 239.82 - 239.86

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The amendments and new section are adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.031(a), which charges the SBEC with regulating and overseeing all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct for public school educators; TEC, §21.041(a), which authorizes the SBEC to adopt rules as necessary to implement its procedures; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2)-(4), which require the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; the period for which each class of educator certificate is valid; and the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The amendments and new section implement the Texas Education Code, §§21.031(a), 21.041(a), and 21.041(b)(1)-(4).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704879

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497


19 TAC §239.86

STATUTORY AUTHORITY. The repeal is adopted under the Texas Education Code (TEC), §21.031(a), which charges the SBEC with regulating and overseeing all aspects of the certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct for public school educators; TEC, §21.041(a), which authorizes the SBEC to adopt rules as necessary to implement its procedures; TEC, §21.041(b)(1), which requires the SBEC to propose rules that provide for the regulation of educators and the general administration of the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B, in a manner consistent with the TEC, Chapter 21, Subchapter B; and TEC, §21.041(b)(2)-(4), which require the SBEC to propose rules that specify the classes of educator certificates to be issued, including emergency certificates; the period for which each class of educator certificate is valid; and the requirements for the issuance and renewal of an educator certificate.

CROSS REFERENCE TO STATUTE. The repeal implements the Texas Education Code, §§21.031(a), 21.041(a), and 21.041(b)(1)-(4).

The agency certifies that legal counsel has reviewed the adoption and found it to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State on December 1, 2017.

TRD-201704880

Cristina De La Fuente-Valadez

Director, Rulemaking

State Board for Educator Certification

Effective date: December 21, 2017

Proposal publication date: September 1, 2017

For further information, please call: (512) 475-1497